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Subtle Signs You May Have a Plumbing Leak

June 21st, 2021

white-pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-around-itAs a homeowner, we are sure that you must have faced some kind of plumbing issue over the years. When you think of the most expensive plumbing problems, things like burst pipes or other major faults might come to your mind. You would be surprised to learn that “minor leaks” could be some of the most formidable problems you can face.

Minor leaks can make you feel like they are not that big an issue. However, these minor leaks can result in expensive repairs, a substantial increase in water bills, and more. Unfortunately, it is difficult to notice the signs of these leaks until they have already done significant damage.

We have written this post to help you detect the subtle signs you may have a plumbing leak so you can call a plumber in Leesburg, VA, to come in and make the repairs without delay.

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These Signs Indicate You Need Air Conditioner Repairs

June 7th, 2021

two-techs-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitAir conditioning repairs are often time-consuming and can be quite costly—that is, if those repair needs aren’t discovered right away. Fortunately, if you are a diligent homeowner who has maintenance done at least once a year for your AC, then our technicians can alert you to small needs before they become much bigger and result in the need for emergency repairs or even premature system replacement.

Of course, even with maintenance, there is still a chance that a repair need will crop up every now and then. Therefore, it’s important that you be aware of the signs of an air conditioner in disrepair, so you can give us a call when those signs pop up, and we can get it fixed for you ASAP. Read on to learn some indicators.

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How to Help Your Air Conditioner Perform Better

May 24th, 2021

two-techs working-on-acOne of the most popular questions we get as HVAC professionals is how homeowners can improve their system’s efficiency in a way that it will cost them less to run their air conditioners, without sacrificing comfort. Considering how uncomfortable it can get outside during our summer seasons, this is a perfectly reasonable question.

And we have good news! First off, there are a number of services you can have done that will help your air conditioner perform better, plus prevent repairs. Take maintenance, for example. Annual (or biannual, if you have a heat pump) tune-ups will ensure that your system works as efficiently and effectively as its meant to for as long as it’s meant to.

You can also help improve AC efficiency by performing a couple minor maintenance tasks on your own, like changing out the air filter and making sure the outside unit of your air conditioner is free of debris that can impact airflow. Here are a couple more things you can do that you might not have considered:

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These Sounds Mean Trouble for Your AC

May 10th, 2021

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenSpring is going to come to a close, and soon enough we’ll be using our air conditioners on a daily basis. When that time comes, your AC system will be put under a lot of stress and accumulate wear and tear quickly.

Of course, the best way to fend off wear and tear for as long as possible is with routine AC maintenance. Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it within your air conditioner. This helps the system work as efficiently and effectively as it should, for as long as it should.

Maintenance is key to keeping your cooling system in good shape, but repair needs can also crop up between maintenance visits, and for that reason it’s good to know the signs that something is amiss. One of the biggest signs of an AC problem is that it’s making strange or unfamiliar noises. What noises are we talking about, exactly? Read on to find out.

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When Is It Time to Call a Plumber?

April 26th, 2021

pipe-leaking-water-and-homeowner-looking-at-it-while-on-phoneIt can be difficult to determine if your plumbing system is in good shape at any given moment. Most homeowners don’t even think about their plumbing systems much at all, as long as the pipes keep working for them the way they always do. After all, “out of sight, out of mind”! Unfortunately, this is not a great attitude to have with your plumbing system.

At one time or another, your pipes are likely to develop some type of problem, whether it’s a minor leak or clog or something worse. When this does inevitably happen, it’s important that you have it managed quickly, so you can avoid the worst of the damage. Read on to learn about some of the warning signs that your system is in trouble and it’s time to give our team a call.

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The Unique Needs of a Ductless AC System

April 12th, 2021

ductless-system-air-handlerFor homeowners who want efficient and effective cooling and heating, there is a singular option that is growing in popularity: the ductless system. Rather than operating through ductwork connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, a ductless mini-split breaks up the indoor unit and blower fans to independently distribute conditioned air into each room. Small air handlers are mounted—typically high up on the walls—and each one can be set to a specific temperature.

Perhaps you’ve seen these types of systems. They’re often found in newer office buildings, doctors’ offices, and hotels. There are several advantages to going ductless, including increased efficiency—especially during the cooler months. But if not installed properly, the unique needs of a ductless AC system could leave you needing repairs or even replacement. Read on to learn more!

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The Steps of Professional Air Conditioner Installation

March 29th, 2021

outside-unit-of-air-conditioner-with-techs-workingWhen you first read the title of this blog post, you might have thought, “Wow, they’re going to tell me how to install an air conditioner? What a great way to save money!”

That’s not our goal here. In fact, trying to install a central air conditioning system on your own could end up costing way more than you were planning on spending, both with the initial purchase of your air conditioner and in the long run.

This is because an improperly installed system might not be sized correctly to begin with, meaning you won’t have an efficient system, and it could even break down quicker than it would otherwise. No, we’re sharing the steps of professional air conditioner installation with you so that you understand how important it is that you hire a pro for this job. Read on to learn more!

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Clogged Drains? Here’s When to Call a Plumber

March 15th, 2021

sink-drain-with-water-flowing-downIf we had to guess, we’d imagine that you don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about the drains in your home, or the rest of your plumbing system for that matter. That is, you don’t think about them until something goes wrong—like a clogged drain.

Sometimes it’s possible to resolve clogged drains on your own. No, we aren’t talking about reaching for that bottle of store-bought chemical drain cleaner you keep under the sink—that’s bad news (more on that in a bit). We’re talking about superficial drain clogs you can relieve with a plunger and a little bit of “elbow grease.” Another step you can take if your drain clog results in a smelly drain is to wash a little baking soda and vinegar down with hot water to help alleviate it.

If you’re still experiencing problems after these steps, that’s when it’s time to call us for professional drain cleaning.

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Does Your Tankless Water Heater Need Maintenance?

March 1st, 2021

tankless-water-heaterThe short answer to this is “yes,” but don’t worry, we’re going to explain below.

The conventional storage tank water heater is large, always pretty noticeable, and can even be a bit noisy, right? In other words, the average homeowner who has one of these systems probably knows that it needs attention and care by way of professional maintenance. After all, scaling can have a big impact on the water heater. It allows mineral buildup (calcium and magnesium mainly, but also iron in some cases), that creates problems with water pressure, temperature, and even eventual corrosion. As part of professional maintenance, tank water heaters require occasional flushing.

But a tankless system is different, right? So why does it need maintenance? Well, for the same reasons a conventional storage tank water heater does, actually. Read on as we uncover the impact of scaling on a tankless system, and therefore why tankless water heaters need maintenance.

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“Can I Schedule My HVAC Maintenance Midseason?”

February 15th, 2021

technician-working-on-furnaceWith chillier temperatures for at least the next couple of months, you may be wondering if your aging or struggling heater has what it takes to see it through the rest of winter and early spring. If you skipped fall maintenance, this can be a big concern.

Will you have a heater breakdown on one of the coldest days of the year? Should you have your system inspected? Is maintenance worth it this late in the season?

The answers are: Maybe, Yes, and Absolutely!

Read on as we uncover the importance of consistent heating maintenance, no matter the time of year.

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